Desperate for work, Christine takes a job at an adult movie theater in Times Square, inaugurating a smoldering journey to the seedier edges of the city and the unexplored corners of her own psyche. Saturated in glowing neon lights and infused with a sultry jazz score from frequent Jim Jarmusch collaborator John Lurie, a pre-Giuliani Big Apple provides Christine’s stumbling grounds as she explores the very male environs of taxi cabs, adult bookstores, and dawn fish markets that merely fan her flame of curiosity. Director Gordon employed sex-positive feminist author Kathy Acker to pen this visually resonant comment on voyeurism, sexual currency, and female agency in Reagan’s conservative America.
35mm, color, 100 min. Dir. Bette Gordon. Production: Variety Motion Pictures; ZDF - Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen; Channel Four. Distribution: Kino Lorber. Producer: Renee Shafransky. Screenwriter: Kathy Acker. Cinematographer: Tom DiCillo; John Foster. Editor: Ila von Hasperg. Composer: John Lurie. With: Sandy McLeod, Luis Guzman, Will Patton, Nan Goldin, Richard Davidson.